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The Jack Benny Program: S8E7, Christmas Shopping


Published 1957


Original Air Date: December 15, 1957
Jack is determined to finish his Christmas shopping in one visit and tortures a wallet salesman with constant changes to his order. Meanwhile, Dennis is having difficulty finding the right present for his mother.
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Run time 25:18
Audio/Visual sound, b/w

Credits

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones
Don Wilson ... Don Wilson
Dennis Day ... Dennis Day
Mel Blanc ... Salesman
Frank Nelson ... Floor Manager
Charles Cantor ... Burgler (as Charlie Cantor)
Maxine Semon ... Jewelry Saleslady
Richard Deacon ... Shirt Salesman
Rolfe Sedan ... Salesman
Paul Maxey ... Santa
Benny Rubin ... Nightware Salesman

Reviews

Reviewer: Janoom - - December 25, 2012
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Reviewer: jbenny - - December 24, 2012
Subject: Jack Benny Christmas Show
This is the most hilarious Christmas show ever! What Jack does to Mel Blanc's salesman character is just too much. Watch! You won't be disappointed
Reviewer: Victor Von Psychotron - - December 20, 2012
Subject: Great fun
Mel Blanc busting up Jack Benny is worth the entire download, but the whole episode is fun.
Reviewer: 1110babe - - December 2, 2012
Subject: hard to imagine this being aired now
There's nothing that says Merry Christmas like a clerk committing suicide and everyone but Benny gathering around in horror. People today would be appalled.

This episode is an excellent example that the gentler days of yesteryear are a myth. Before tv was sanitized for the protection of the kiddies, there were many moments of adult humor, some of it quite dark.
Reviewer: richgoup - - December 20, 2011
Subject: Christmas Shopping Show
The Jack Benny Program.
Season 8, episode 7.
Original air date: 15 December 1957.
Jack is determined to finish his Christmas shopping in one visit and tortures a wallet salesman with constant changes to his order. Meanwhile, Dennis is having difficulty finding the right present for his mother.
Cast: Jack Benny (Jack Benny), Rddie `Rochester` Anderson (Rochester Van Jones), Dennis Day (Dennis Day), Mel Blanc (Wallet Salesman), Frank Nelson (Mr. Nelson- Floor Walker), Charlie Cantor (Lingerie Salesman), Richard Deacon (Shirt Salesman), Rolfe Sedan (Salesman Who Helps Rochester), Paul Maxey (Santa Claus- State Farms Ins. Commercial and Benny Rubin (Bandit)Uncredited cast: Laura Anders (Supporting player), Mary Benoit (Supporting player), Chuckie Bradley (Second Sales Girl), Bess Flowers (Supporting Player), Gil Frye (Sales Clerk), Sam Hearn (Rube), Sid Kane (Supporting Player), Frances Pasco (Supporting Player), Barbara Pepper (Saleswoman), Seymour Rosen (Supporting Player), Valerie Scott (Supporting Player), Charles Sheridan (Supporting Player), Irving Steinberg (Supporting Player), Phyllis Sues (Supporting Player), Thomas Wade (Supporting Player), Charles Wagenheim (Supporting Player) and Don Wilson (Himself/ Little Boy- State Farms Ins. Commercial).
From IMDB.
WOW, what a sitcom episode; a beauty.
Reviewer: damitz - - November 30, 2011
Subject: Jack Benny Christmas Show
Jack has ALWAYS been the BEST!!! He's my all time favorite and I LOVE this show. Thank you so very much for posting it.......simply the best!!!!!
Reviewer: justaskmike - - November 29, 2011
Subject: Jack Benny's Christmas program
This sketch originally started on radio back in 1946. Jack couldn't decide on metal tipped or plastic tipped shoelaces for Don Wilson. The show must have received a big rating because they repeated every year but with a different gift. The wallet came in either 1947-48, and Mel Blanc became the perennial harrassed clerk. On one show, he is heard talking with the store psychiatrist about having a nervous breakdown due to the "old gentleman with blue eyes." The show is perhaps the best remembered of all the Benny shows. Hopefully the writers received a nice bonus every year it ran.
Reviewer: Earle Bruce - - January 4, 2011
Subject: great fun
This Christmas episode is a classic.Very watchable.
Reviewer: adamelijah - - December 19, 2010
Subject: Christmas with Jack
This has everything you expect from Jack Benny. He's his unusual cheap self. Mel Blanc is manic in his role of a store clerk frustrated with constant charges in the order. And Eddie Anderson has a great sketch describing what "type" Mr. Benny is.
Reviewer: rpforrest - - December 18, 2010
Subject: Correct link
Glad to see this Christmas show back on here with an active link!
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